CDI Scotland

The needs of our Scottish members are extremely important to us, and we value hearing your voices so we can tailor our provision accordingly.

Scotland is distinctive in terms of its careers services and it is crucial that we recognise this and meet the specific needs of members in Scotland. Find out how the CDI works to support Scottish members: download PDF.


Carolyn parryCDI Associate in Scotland – Pete Robertson

I trained in Bristol, and then worked as a career adviser in London and Hertfordshire, specialising in young people with disabilities. I moved to Scotland in 2001 to work for Edinburgh Napier University, and since then I have been teaching on our postgraduate (QCD) programmes.  I am currently an Associate Professor of Career Guidance:  I am also involved in research and academic writing: my interests relate to services for disadvantaged groups, the evaluation of career services, and the relationship between health, well-being and careers.  

I am particularly keen that the Institute north of the border has a distinctively Scottish feel to it. Given the post-devolution policy, education system, and career service structures we have, it is important that the CDI is in tune with this environment in the kind of conversations we foster and the training/CPD that we offer.  I would be delighted to hear from CDI members in Scotland, to see if I can help you, and to see if you can contribute to this agenda. 

Members' meetings 

Scottish members will have an opportunity to meet online on a quarterly basis.  These will be twilight meetings.  The format for these meetings will typically include a guest speaker, discussion, and a CDI update. Prospective members may attend a meeting.  

Facebook and LinkedIn groups 

CDI Scotland hosts a Facebook community – Career Development in Scotland - which is open to Scottish based practitioners whether they are members or not. This is a moderated forum for discussion. There is also a CDI Scotland LinkedIn group, exclusive to Scottish members. 


Drawing on feedback from members we have grouped training needs for Scottish members into four main areas, including the impact of COVID-19 cutting across the themes: 

  • Professional issues in the Scottish context 
  • Labour market knowledge 
  • Equality issues (including the needs of specific client groups) 
  • Guidance and counselling skills 

Free webinars and a monthly CPD newsletter are part of your membership benefits package. To book your place and receive the joining link simply book on the Training and Events pages. 

As always, we welcome suggestions for new webinars from individual and organisational members and are working on new webinars for the coming period.  

Promoting the sector in Scotland 

The CDI seeks to maintain a dialogue with key policymakers in Scotland with a view to promote the career development sector, influence policy decisions and advocate for the interests of its members.  

Career Matters magazine 

We are keen to see a good representation of articles reflecting practice in Scotland within the Career Matters magazine. The quarterly publication includes a regular update from Scotland. If you have an idea for an article, please contact: 

News by Email 

We send a monthly newsletter to Scottish members covering the latest CDI and sector updates, and welcome your feedback on this. If you have suggested items to include, please send them to